I’m sure you’ve heard about the CDC new ruling about vaccinated people and masks, or the unmasking thereof. While I’d like for our world to open up again, I think we’re going to have a bumpy ride as the next few months progress. Forgive me, but I don’t see this happening peacefully considering how emotions are still running high and the mandate that only those who are vaccinated can be unmasked in certain situations. But then, I guess we’re relying on the Honor System.
It bothers me because of course, there will be someone who refuses to show their vax card and I can see how that could escalate into something ugly. I don’t have a crystal ball, but there’s a lot that’s going to be sticky when it comes down to the new rules. Because how can you monitor when HIPPA laws are such that you can’t really ask, but you don’t really know if someone is telling the truth or not.
It doesn’t matter to me at this point. I’m masked when I go out and that’s fine. I’ll continue to follow the rules as such and let’s see how it all unfolds. I don’t see how it’s going to go smoothly though.
I did go to the hardware store yesterday. On the front door the sign read “no mask no entry.” I watched a man stride across the parking lot and enter without a mask. I had mine on. We were in the same aisle a few times and still, no mask on him. And nobody stopped him. At one point his phone was ringing in his pocket. The ringtone sounded like a pained yowling animal which continued for quite awhile. At first I thought there was a wounded animal in the store. I turned to look at him and yes, I caught myself staring at him. He took the phone out of his pocket, looked at it and then returned it to his shorts. And then we stared at each other for a minute or two until I looked away, back to the shelves in front of me.
It was so bizarre. I got that feeling that he was not someone to mess with (not that I would have called him out on not wearing a mask because I wasn’t near him, nor do I work at the store). That’s not my business. And really, he seemed off somehow and I know better than to poke what looks like an angry bear. Nope. I don’t need to get into an altercation over a mask when he’s 20 feet away from me. I kept my distance and once he left, then I went up to the counter to pay. All the rest of the people in the store were wearing masks, including the young clerk.
I was mentioning this story to a friend and saying that I wouldn’t have said anything to him about not wearing a mask in the store because it’s not my store and he seemed off somehow. Like he was ready to fight the person who questioned him and it wasn’t going to be me. But it brought up those feelings of how many times I have chosen silence over potential conflict because I didn’t trust the other person’s energy.
Has this happened to you?